schedule

Week 1  • Jan. 20 – Jan. 22

topics

Course intro
What is journalism and can it be taught?

texts

Nicholas Lemann video

Andrew Sullivan , “Why I Blog”

www.interactivenarratives.org

tasks

Start blog – Go to wordpress and build a blog site. Be mindful of the name and theme. Don’t name it jk929567’s blog. Put some thought into it as it will help form your online brand. There are good examples here, here and here. These are for guidance only. Make your blog your blog.

tools

wordpress Figure out how to make and embed a link (like the “wordpress” link to the left) and how to embed a YouTube video in a blog post. Such as the one below.

Week 2

topics

Man bites dog

Leads

texts

Cappon

Ch. 1 – “Language”
Ch. 2 – “News Writing: Information is not enough”
Ch. 3 – Leads – “The Agony of Square One”

tasks

At least two blog posts:

Blog post 1 – Write about 250 words about the ethical implications of doctors being reporters. Include at least three links in your post to videos, news stories or other blog posts. Your links should be embedded like this – not just a cut and pasted url. This might be a good place to start for some background.

Blog post 2 – Describe in about 150 words your media diet throughout a typical day. What do you read, watch and listen to in a typical day? Again, include at least three links. Write this any way you want – satirical or serious.

Write a 150-word story using the “inverted pyramid” style as a model using the information from the list of facts contained in the document below.

Amtrak facts – master info copy – amtrak

Amtrak press release

A shooting at Church’s Chicken – Write a lead in class and write a 150-word story for class on Friday.

Leads assignment

tools

Google alerts


Week 3

topics

Writing tight

Audience and voice

texts

Cappon – Ch. 4 – The case for the period

Cappon – Ch. 6 – “The Inner music of words”

tasks

Practice speech story – Write a 300-word story on Bono’s speech at the National Prayer Breakfast that includes two quotes and bits of meaningful detail.

Meeting story pitch – Choose a meeting or speech top attend. Explain the meeting or speech in the pitch, including some background information on the person speaking or the organization holding the meeting.  The whole pitch should only be 100 words or so. An example of a speech that might work is here. There are many others. Here is another:

The Commission on the Status of Women is hosting Dr. Donna Freitas next week to talk about the theme of her book, “Sex and the Soul.” The theme of the book and her talk is how the college
“hook-up” (casual sex) culture manifests itself on religious campuses.
The public talk will be on Tuesday, February 9th at 4PM in the Chapel.

Look for something that interests you. Again it cannot be something that you are a member of or are participating in. The story assignment is spelled out in depth here.

Leads assignment – Due Monday Feb. 8


tools

coveritlive

Week 4 •

topics

Sources

Covering meetings and speeches

Hyperlocal

texts

Will Hyperlocal Save Journalism? (podacst)

Chicago News Cooperative

The Local – NY Times

Philebrity

tasks

Leads assignment – Due Monday Leads assignment

Meeting/speech story – Due in class Friday.

tools

Week 5 •

topics

Tightening

Quotes/interviewing

Style/verbs

Nut grafs

Texts

Cappon – Ch. 7 – “Attributive Verbs and Loaded Words”

Tasks

Event story pitch

Choose a meeting or speech top attend. Explain the meeting or speech in the pitch, including some background information on the person speaking or the organization hosting the event.  The whole pitch should only be 100 words or so.

The event story will be similar to the speech/meeting story but will require you to do a little more legwork. It’s easy to find the main character in a speech but it’s more difficult at an event.

A good example is: The Institute for Violence Research and Prevention hosts its fourth annual vigil to remember Philadelphia’s homicide victims of the previous year, February 18, 2010, Time: 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM, Location: Chapel of St. Joseph.

Two other events that could work are things associated with helping Haiti and the play “White People,” which is playing on campus over the next week or so.

Tools

coveritlive.com

Week 6 •

Topics

Interviewing and listening

Story organization

Quotes

Texts

Cappon – Ch. 8 “Quotes: Your Words or Mine”

This American Life: “Hands on a Hardbody” (in class)

ROTC (Friday)

Tasks

Blog post (Wednesday) – Write a 300-word post that lays out your strategy for writing a story based on the interview with Benny Perkins that we listed to in class. Remember the key ingredients of a good story – themes (what are the different pieces of the story – so in this case: competition, “insanity” etc.), anecdotes and quotes. What anecdotes and quotes based on the interview would you choose to build the story?

Event story due within 48 hours of its completion (or the completion of you covering it)

Tools


Week 7 •

Topics

Profiles

Citizen Journalism

Texts

The Power of observation and the art of color    Cappon – Ch. 9 – “Color: Dip your Brush in Small Details”

Female drill sergeant

Tasks

Embed a google map in a blog post. Like this:



Tools

google maps

audacity

soundcloud


Week 8 •

Spring break

Task – Your task over spring break (in addition to thinking eagerly about your profile story) is to tell two stories using any elements and tools that you like.  Your stories – to be posted on your blog – need to contain images (pictures and/or video) sound, text and maps. You need to explain to us what the story is about in one word. This word will be your headline.

What is good multimedia?


Week 9 •

Topics

Features and Profiles

Showing, not telling: the scourge of adjectives and clichés.

Mobile Journalism

Texts

Cappon – Ch. 10 – “Pseudo-color”

Cappon – Ch. 11 – Features: A view from the Poet’s corner”

First woman ascends to top drill sergeant spot

Too Cool for Schul

Steve Garfield on mobile journalism

CT – Heaven’s Lobbyist

ken-press-release-mattel1

Tasks

Experiment with qik and blog about your experience

Start to consider a profile subject

Tools

Ushahidi

qik

Week 10 •

topics

Hyperlocal journalism

texts

Too Cool for Schul

tasks

Profile pitch

tools

Seeclickfix.com

Week 11 •

topics

Beyond the inverted pyramid. The New, New, New, Journalism.

Workshop

texts

tasks

Profile

tools

Week 12 •

topics

Color – Detail

Writing for the ear

Photojournalism

texts

Solid audio slideshows

RGMPbook This is your new best friend – the snappy Reporter’s Guide to Multimedia Proficiency

tasks

Work on your profile rough draft

Photograph a story. Use five photos that you shoot to tell a story on your blog. Be prepared to share it with us on Monday.

tools

Zoom audio recorder

Week 13 •

topics

Workshop – Write, Write, Write, Edit, Edit, Edit, Rewrite, Rewrite, Rewrite

Mixing photos and sound

Multimedia

texts

Nebela’s choice

mediastorm

Solid audio slideshows

RGMPbook This is your new best friend – the snappy Reporter’s Guide to Multimedia Proficiency

tasks

Profile rough draft – Monday (20 percent of profile grade)

Narrated photo story pitch – Friday

tools

Audacity

Week 14 •

topics

Collaborative storytelling

Workshop

texts

Audio journalist’s toolkit

Zoom audio recorder manual (Remember, when in doubt RTFM) Zoom audio recorder manual

Sound in the story Sound in the story

Simple Audacity tutorial:

Super Simple Audacity Guide Part 1

Super Simple Audacity Guide Part 2

tasks

Finishing touches on profile

Audio slideshow story

tools

Zoom audio recorder

Audacity

Soundslides (available on the computers in Bellarmine 215)

Week 15 •

Final story

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